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iZotope's Vinyl simulates the characteristics of record (those flat round black things) playback in the digital domain, for those times when ProTools is just too clean. All you need is a processor capable of performing well on their 64-bit math to simulate a Garrard turntable with a bunch of fuzz on the stylus. Or you could just get access to an acetate cutter and a Garrard turntable with a bunch of fuzz on the stylus, although that would probably cost you more than Vinyl's asking price, which is zero.

The truly hardcore are waiting for Shellac, which simulates 78 rpm artifacts and the characteristics of recording and playback of hand-cranked discs through acoustic horns.



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May. 4th, 2004 02:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe this means Portishead will be able to record another album?
May. 4th, 2004 03:01 pm (UTC)
You know, on the way back from London, I saw a little chat with Massive Attack about the new album (Virgin Atlantic rox !), but they also talked about how they started out. It turns out they were using the press-an-acetate-than-scratch-it technique that Portishead raised to a high art later !
May. 4th, 2004 04:04 pm (UTC)
amazing that you brought that up, as my friend Tom, who is staying in my house (as he has for the past three weeks) is in final mixdown stage for the debuy ablum by Philadelphia's own PEPPER'S GHOST, and he was asking me if I thought it would be a good idea to add the vinyl sound in between tracks on the CD... sounded a little too gimmicky for me, but I will share this post with him nonetheless.
May. 4th, 2004 04:19 pm (UTC)
Back in the "old days" of CD mastering, people figured out that dropping the between-track signal to all zeros would really jar the listener when the next track started. So there's usually a little white noise between tracks, or in the case of an analog master they might just keep the tape hiss in. I think you'd want to save any vinylism for the very end, but I dunno how they manage having different mixes and masters, so what do I know ?

It's amazing how much vinyl is still pressed – I looked at insound.com and a lot of new indie stuff is still available that way. At the Virgin Megastore in Totthenham Court Road I saw 45 and CD versions of the new Franz Ferdinand single displayed side by side.
May. 5th, 2004 02:30 am (UTC)
Meanwhile... THREE times I downloaded the file. THREE times I "installed" it... NO times did it work. No registration info, no icons... nada.

I wrote to them...
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